How to weigh in on the public option for health care coverage

I was happy to see that 2 people in congress actually care that freedom- should include your right to manage your health care coverage- instead of your employer.

“Two leading congressional Democrats issued a call Wednesday for ideas on a “public option” health insurance plan, a campaign promise of President Joe Biden’s that faces long odds politically.

The wide-ranging request from Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey asks basic questions such as who should be eligible to enroll in a new federal health plan, how benefits would be designed and what payments should look like for hospitals, doctors, drug companies and other medical providers.”

I’m purposefully not giving credit to the shitty “newspaper” that published this AP story- because it failed to give you the actual information on HOW to submit the ideas. Don’t worry- they were one of many that did exactly the same thing.

So- here’s the contacts- and the questions- email to both-

[email protected] and [email protected]

1. Who should be eligible for the public option? Should a federally administered plan be available to all individuals or be limited to certain categories of individuals (e.g.,ACA Marketplace eligible individuals, private employers and individuals offered employer coverage)?

2. How should Congress ensure adequate access to providers for enrollees in a public option?

3. How should prices for health care items and services be determined? What criteria should be considered in determining prices?

4. How should the public option’s benefit package be structured?

5. What type of premium assistance should the Federal government provide for individuals enrolled in the public option?

6. What should be the role of states in a federally-administered public option?

7. How should the public option interact with public programs including Medicaid and Medicare?

8. What role can the public option play in addressing broader health system reform objectives, such as delivery system reform and addressing health inequities?

You can find more information here (PRI request PDF). 

Source: Congress wants your input on a public option healthcare plan! – National & International – WED 26May2021 – | NEMiss.NEWS

And here was really fast response (feel free to copy or adapt). I urge you to write as well:

1. Who should be eligible for the public option? Should a federally administered plan be available to all individuals or be limited to certain categories of individuals (e.g.,ACA Marketplace eligible individuals, private employers and individuals offered employer coverage)?
Available to all.

2. How should Congress ensure adequate access to providers for enrollees in a public option?
Cut off all medicare and medicaid money to any hospital organization that refuses it- and to any hospital that pays anyone over 20x their average employees wages and claims non-profit status.

3. How should prices for health care items and services be determined? What criteria should be considered in determining prices?
Benchmark against foreign countries- because there is no free market here. 

4. How should the public option’s benefit package be structured?
As simply as possible- it must include dental and vision- because kids can’t learn if they can’t read- and good oral health is a key preventative measure against many other diseases.

5. What type of premium assistance should the Federal government provide for individuals enrolled in the public option?
Sliding scale based on income. Children under age 5 should all be enrolled free, and that coverage continues until they have completed their education (no coverage for drop outs)

6. What should be the role of states in a federally-administered public option?
Nothing.

7. How should the public option interact with public programs including Medicaid and Medicare?
All three programs should be unified into one. Simplification is the key to success.

8. What role can the public option play in addressing broader health system reform objectives, such as delivery system reform and addressing health inequities?
Simplification of all insurance forms through a unified system.
Providing all patients the option of enrolling in an electronic health records system that is owned by the patient- not the health care provider. To solve the inequities- mandate that no elected official anywhere, can have any insurance OTHER than the public option as a condition of being in office.

It’s time to fix health care in America. It costs more, has worse outcomes and stifles economic mobility. The Pandemic showed we can fund some parts of health care for all- even though in reality- we already do. Hospitals can’t deny care, they just act like the Mafia and prefer to punish those who haven’t paid their vig in advance.

There is zero reason for health care to require insurance. It’s a basic, fundamental requirement for a country to be an economic powerhouse.

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